Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.


GAA final replay not so champion for racing

There’s nothing the Gaelic Athletic Association likes better than a drawn All-Ireland Final. It means a replay, and another 82,000 returning to Dublin’s Croke Park stumping up more money on admission, programmes and refreshments....


Does Cheltenham need a new mares’ chase?

There was mixed reaction, to say the least, to the news that the Cheltenham Festival was to have a new race in 2021, a mares’ chase. And, significantly, it was going to replace one of...


Sectional timing not for everyone

Last week, these scribblings questioned the timing of the Levy Board providing £900,000 funding for sectional timing and tracking data to be installed at all British racecourses. Is now the right time to devote...


Is the timing right to spend £900,000?

Look away now if you are a fan of sectional timing. This week the Levy Board said it would contribute £900,000 towards the operating costs of all British racecourses having live sectional timing and...